A Guide To Head Injury Compensation Claims – How Much Can I Claim?

Head injuries are a wide category of injuries to the head. They could common injuries such as a concussion or head wound through to less common (and more severe) types of head injury such as traumatic brain injuries, fractured skulls, or open wounds. In their most serious form, a traumatic head injury may lead to permanent brain damage with either life-changing or even fatal consequences. Long-term head injury symptoms may not become immediately apparent after the accident occurring or initial injury presenting and in some cases the effects will take years to fully manifest. When making a compensation claim with Accident Claims UK, our team will take factors such as these into account. We will ensure that your head injury compensation claim will account for potential future health issues and the effect these could have on your life.

Head Injury Compensation

Head Injury Compensation

In our guide below, we have endeavored to include information on the most common types of head injury, the way in which these are caused, head injury first aid tips, the average compensation for a head injury, and how to make a successful compensation claim. If your injury type is not discussed, fear not. Our claims specialists can deal with a full range of head injuries.

Read on to find out more. When you are ready to make a claim, call our team on 0800 073 8801.

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A Guide To Making A Head Injury Compensation Claim

Suffering a head injury or brain damage is often one of the most serious and potentially devastating types of injury you can experience. The effects of suffering a head injury can vary a lot. Head injury symptoms can include problems with memory, issues with concentration, difficulty with motor control and speech, higher brain functions and other common cognitive problems. When it comes to making a compensation claim for a head injury or brain damage, the severity of your injury and its overall effects on the rest of your life will help to set how much compensation you could claim. Head injuries can result in some of the highest personal injury claim settlements.

Head injuries and brain damage can be caused by a range of different types of accidents and circumstances. Your claim may be for a slip, trip, or fall head injury or for one caused by a road traffic accident. In general, those caused by car crashes result in the most serious consequences. As such, head injuries can often result in some of the highest personal injury claim settlements.

Head Injury Compensation Case Studies

In 2017 the BBC ran a story about a man who suffered a debilitating injury to his head. The victim was parked in a lay-by along the A55 when a vehicle crashed into the back of his car at 70mph. The victims head was smashed against the steering wheel leaving him with a traumatic head injury leading to damage to the frontal lobe. The victim suffered personality problems as well as damage his frontal lobe. His case proceeded to Liverpool Crown Court where he was awarded £3.6 million in compensation. The head injury compensation payout included compensation for his future medical and social care as he could no longer live alone.

What Are The Most Common Types Of Head Injuries?

According to information from the NHS in England and Wales, each year around 700,000 people visit A&E departments with some degree of a head injury. Whilst the majority of these will be minor head injuries, around 10% will be either moderate or severe head injuries. Suffering a traumatic brain injury can have a dramatic effect on both your own life and the lives of your family and friends. This is why if your injuries were someone else’s fault, making a successful accident claim is so important. Your head injury settlement amount would be designed to help with future treatment costs in cases such as this, ensuring that you are also not left out of pocket.

There are two main types of head injury definition which people suffer and make accident claims for. These are open or closed head injuries. Closed head injuries are ones in which the victim has suffered a head trauma caused by an impact, but one where the skull was left intact. Open head injuries (also known as a penetrating head injury) are ones in which there was an impact, but where the skull was broken and where the object penetrated the brain. This could happen during a road traffic accident. Common head injury symptoms include wounds to the scalp and skull, concussions, and damage to the brains tissues, such as different hemorrhages and hematoma.

To find out how much head injury compensation you could be entitled to, contact Accident Claims UK today.

What Are The Most Common Causes Of A Head Injury?

It may not seem it, but some of the most common causes of a head injury are seemingly innocuous everyday injuries. We often see claimants needing to make a slip, trip, or fall head injury after slipping or falling over at work on on the pavement. Slipping in the shower injuries, or more general slip and fall traumatic brain injuries can have a devastating effect and can happen in a split second. They are also some of the most common causes of minor head injury for a child or the elderly. However, they can also be caused by participating in contact sports such as rugby or boxing, being assaulted or being involved in a road traffic accident.

In most cases of a head injury, the skull is able to protect your brain from serious injury. However more severe head injuries could also be associated with damage to the upper spine. Your overall risk of suffering a traumatic brain injury (and thus the potential value of your head injury compensation claim) depends on the severity of the impact and injury. Injuries such as falling from a height or being involved in a high-speed accident will have a higher risk of more serious injury.

Head injury classification divides two categories based on the cause. These are injuries caused by shaking or injuries caused by a blow to the head. Those caused by shaking are one of the most common types of head injury in a child, but can also happen to an adult.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused By A Car Accident

Being involved in a road traffic accident or car crash of any type can be a very frightening experience, but sustaining a serious injury requiring head injury treatment and possibly a prolonged period of recovery can make things much worse. You and your family may experience psychological and even financial pressures as a result of your injuries and the effect they have on your life. If your head injury is too severe to make a claim for yourself, a family member can do so on your behalf. Suffering a brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident is one of the most serious reasons to worry about a head injury and can often lead to death. It is not always easy for you as a claimant who has had a head injury to know when to worry, which is why seeking medical help is always advised.

Head Injury Statistics In The UK

Head injury claims statistics UK

Head injury claims statistics UK

The head and brain injury charity Headway has produced some statistics on the prevalence of head injuries in the UK. Some of the headline facts are as follows:

  • In 2013/14 a total of 348,934 people were admitted to hospital with an acquired brain injury.
  • That equates to an injury every 90 seconds across the country.
  • Over the same period, a total of 162,544 people were admitted to hospitals for a head injury. This equated to one every three minutes.
  • Whilst men are 1.6 times more likely to suffer a head injury, the number of women experiencing them has risen by 24% of the previous decade.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Mild Head Injury?

Knowing when to worry about a head injury can be helpful if you do not know whether or not your head injury is serious enough to warrant medical attention or whether you do not need to. The first thing to note is that you should seek medical attention for any and all head injuries. Remember the mantra that it is better to be safe than sorry. Your head injury settlement amount will account for how serious the effects have been upon you.

However, there are very clear symptomatic differences between more mild head injuries and those which are serious or severe, even if there are no outward, physical, signs. Symptoms of a mild head injury may include (but are not limited to):

  • A brief loss of consciousness lasting for less than a minute.
  • A headache and/ or nausea.
  • Problems with your short-term memory.
  • Dizziness or loss of balance.
  • Extra light or sound sensitivity, blurred vision or a ringing in the ears.
  • General mental fatigue.
  • Changes in your normal pattern of sleep.

What Are The Symptoms Of A Traumatic Head Injury?

The more severe any type of injury which you have suffered and the more serious or long-lasting the effects will be on your health and quality of life, the higher the amount of compensation that you could be awarded. As such when looking at more serious and severe head injuries, the symptoms below will usually indicate more serious injury and a higher award:

  • Being unconscious for a period which could last several hours.
  • Suffering convulsions and/ or seizures.
  • Having an incoherent pattern of speech.
  • Serious confusion and becoming uncoordinated.
  • Loss of bowel or bladder control.
  • Tingling and/ or numbness in your fingertips.
  • Nausea and vomiting.

What Are The Long-Term Effects Of Suffering Repeated Head Injuries

Those who have suffered a serious injury to the head which has severely affected their quality of life will be due the highest head injury claim amounts. These could be people who have suffered a single, large, traumatic blow, or those who have suffered repeated injuries to the head. These may be claimants who have repeatedly suffered a more mild trauma level of trauma over a longer period of time. This could be taking low level blows to the head again and again. It will often lead to serious health issues. These could include a variety of different sports injuries.

These types of claims have become a point of debate with head injury claims lawyers. They and the courts will often look at whether the injuries were caused by the final blow, or whether they were the result of a chronic condition. This can be difficult to prove at times.

Whilst sports injuries are not often fatal, when they are, the leading cause of death is traumatic head and brain injuries. Head injury compensation cases and solicitors have long looked at what the longer-term effects of a head injury have been. A variety of different studies have looked at and shown a correlation between repetitive head injuries and long-term brain diseases which may not present until years later. These longer-term effects have to be accounted for when a claimants settlement is being calculated. As such, it is important to find out how severe the head injury will be in the long-term.

Common Reasons People Make Head Injury Compensation Claims

Head injury personal injury claims are triggered by a variety of different accidents and circumstances. As we have mentioned in previous sections, the most common cause of injuries to the head and brain are car and road traffic accidents. Establishing who is to blame and making a claim against that person responsible can be difficult to do. These are some of the most common reasons people make these types of claims.

Accidents at work: have you suffered a head injury at work? If so, you should be able to make a claim against your company or employer. Your employer may not have taken the right health and safety steps, or they may not have provided you with the right Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for your job role. It could even have been caused by insufficient first aid facilities at work.

Car crashes and road traffic accidents: a variety of head injury compensation case studies have looked at the effects of car, motorcycle and even accidents involving public transport which have caused a head injury. In the UK, these are often the cause of some of the most serious types of head injury.

Slips, trips, and falls: slips, trips, and falls are the most common type of accident leading to an injury and personal injury claim. They can happen whilst you are walking on the pavement, in another public space, or in a shop or supermarket. They are also caused by a very wide variety of different factors. Wherever your accident happened, it is highly likely that someone was liable for ensuring the pavement or floor was maintained and hazard free.

It should be noted that whilst these are the most common ways in which head injuries may be caused by accident, there are numerous other circumstances which can lead to them. If you have sustained any type of injury as a result of an accident which was not your fault, you should contact our team as soon as possible to find out if you can make a compensation claim.

What Should I Do If I Had A Head Injury?

If you have sustained an injury (such as an injury to the head) as a result of an accident which was not your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim. No matter whether your injury was severe or mild, you could still have grounds to make a claim. There are several steps you should take before making any type of personal injury claim.

Collect photographic evidence take photos of the area where the accident happened, including the cause of the accident if possible. Make sure to also take several detailed pictures of your injuries.

Collect details of any witnesses ask for the names and contact information of anyone who saw your accident happen and what caused it. They may be able to provide a witness statement to corroborate your story later.

Visit a medical practitioner this could mean a visit to the hospital, GP surgery, or dentist, depending on the nature and severity of your injuries. This ensures that you get the treatment you need whilst also providing an official record of your injuries. Keep details of your visits and copies of any medical notes recorded.

These steps will help you to ensure your claim is on a better footing when you approach a personal injury claims solicitor.

What Can I Claim Compensation For After A Head Injury?

The following things are some of the major things which you can claim for in a personal injury claim. Please note that this list is not exhaustive of everything which you could claim for.

  • Care in the home – After suffering an injury to the head you may find you are not able to carry out the same level of domestic tasks and that you need help or care around the home.
  • The cost of rehabilitative care – you may need rehabilitation to get back on your feet and become able to carry out day-to-day tasks again. This may include physiotherapy, speech therapy, or other therapeutic treatment.
  • Adapting your home or buying a new property – if severely injured and left with a long-term disability you may find your home needs to be adapted or that you need to move to a new property. This can be included in your compensation settlement.
  • Specialist medical care – the treatment you need may not be available on the NHS. If you need to pay for specialist care, this cost can be claimed for.
  • Special educational needs – if the claimant was a child you may need to claim for additional and future educational costs.
  • Travel costs – you can claim for any travel costs, such as travelling to medical appointments.
    Loss of income – this can include any current or future earnings, benefits or other income which you have lost due to your injuries.

Brain And Head Injury Compensation Calculator

How much compensation can I claim for a head injury?” is a question we are regularly asked. In the table below we look at some of the most common types of head injury compensation claim and how much compensation you could be entitled to claim for them. Please note that each case and claim is unique and so the actual amount of compensation you are awarded could vary from these guide amounts.

Injury type and severitySettlement awardComments
Minor head injury£1,500 to £9,500Including bruising, small cuts and some soft tissue injuries. Recovery will be quick.
Moderate head injury£12,500 to £200,000Recovery will be over the medium term and there may be some lasting pain or discomfort. May be some effect on the claimants lifestyle.
Severe head injury£185,000 to £265,000Recovery will be slow and over the long-term. Some symptoms may be permanent.
Very severe head injury£185,000 to £275,000Claimant will require 24 hour care.
Minor brain damage£10,000 to £28,250Impaired memory and difficulty concentrating.
Moderate brain damage£28,250 to £144,000Psychological injuries and damage. May be personality changes.
Severe brain damage£144,000 to £1 Million +Leading to serious disability.

How much compensation you get for a head injury is not always an easy question to answer. Your individual claim will take a variety of factors into account and may also include other injuries at the same time. For further information, contact us today.

How To Start Your Head Injury Compensation Claim

The best step to take when starting any type of personal injury claim is finding an expert solicitor to work with. Contact our team today and will organise a free assessment for you in which one of our experts will look at your accident and injury and determine whether you have a valid claim or not. They will then work on your case to put the right strategy in place to get you the compensation you are entitled to. They will also discuss with you whether we can offer you a no win no fee agreement for your case.

No Win No Fee Compensation Claims For A Head Injury

No win no fee agreements are a way for us to provide you with the help you need, no matter your current financial circumstances. When you hire a solicitor under a no win no fee agreement you won’t have to make any upfront payments or pay any costs whilst your claim is being carried out. If your claim is not successful, you still won’t have to pay anything for our services. If you are awarded compensation then our fee will be recovered as part of the claim settlement. Put simply, a no win no fee contract means that you will never be left out of pocket or worrying about expensive legal bills.

Why Choose Accident Claims UK To Manage Your Claim

The solicitors we can provide claimants have a wealth and experience and a proven track record in helping people to claim the compensation they are entitled to in case such as a head injury claim. We work an experienced panel of solicitors and lawyers who are ready to help people such as you. Our team will always do their best to help you and will remain sensitive to your needs.

Talk To Our Team Today

When you are ready to find out more or to start your claim, speak to the experts at Accident Claims UK. We can assess your injuries and help you to start making a claim. Contact our specialists today by calling 0800 073 8801 or view our other contact information here.

Useful Links

Headway
Headway is a UK based head injury charity providing information and advice for people with head injuries.

NHS Head Injuries
Get further detailed advice and information on head injuries, with information on symptoms and treatment options with this guide from the NHS.